What You Should and Should Not Put Down Your Garbage Disposal?

Holidays Are Here Which Means Your Garbage Disposal Will Be Hard at Work. Do You Know What You Should Not Put in It?

During the Holiday Season, most garbage disposals work overtime due to holiday parties and family gatherings, all involving holiday meals.  Often times items end up going into a garbage disposal that shouldn’t, causing the disposal to become jammed or broken.  Learning what not to put in there can save you. 


  • Run cold water when using the disposal, this helps fats to coagulate, helping to grind them up instead of sticking to your pipes
  • You can run hot water down the drains, in between use, to flush them
  • Check the disposal for items that may have fallen into it; silverware, shells, small items laying around
  • Grind lemon and orange peels from time to time, this helps the blades and provides a fresh, clean smell
  • If the disposal is jammed or something sounds like it is not grinding, turn off the power and use tongs to retrieve the item. 


  • Grind anything other than food scraps
  • Put coffee grounds, pasta, rice, potato peels, or other starchy items in the disposal.  All of these items can accumulate in your plumbing and cause clogs
  • Place eggshells, banana peels, celery, or other fibrous items into the disposal.  These items can wrap around the blades causing the disposal to jam and can lead to the unit failing.
  • Put anything comprised of metal, glass, wood, bone or, seashells down the disposal as they will dull the blades and can jam the disposal.

Help is always Available

Garbage disposals are typically a worry-free appliance. But during the holiday season, they tend to be used a lot more and all kinds of things end up going down them.  If you find your disposal is leaking, jammed, clogged, or not turning on, call the pros at Dependable Service Plumbing & Air.  They will be able to resolve any problem you may have with your disposal, 843-627-2337.